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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
Deoghar Singheshwarsthan
Mahabodhi  
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Temples & Legends Of India

BENUSAGAR

On the south-east corner of the tank are the debris of a garhi or small fort, which appears to have been a parallelogram of about 300 by 150 yards, enclosed by a massy wall with towers at the corners. In the centre are two sunken platforms, with stone steps descending into them, in which lie idols in all stages of decay; some of these were buried many feet under a loose reddish soil having the appearance of decayed bark.

Three of the best preserved of these I took away, with the help of some Nagpur Dhangars, not one of the people of the country daring to touch them. About 300 yards to the south of the garhi is another mound of hillock of broken bricks, which I was told was the office of the Raja.To the west of this, and all along the bank of the tank, the plain now covered with jungle- grass, and here and there cultivated with gora dhan or highland rice by the Kols, is scattered with bricks, showing that a substantial town or bazaar must have existed here."

Tickell was neither an archaeologist nor an iconographist. The Archaeological Department had deputed Mr. Beglar who, after a close inspection, ascribed the origin of the temples to the Seventh century A.D. A part of his observations may be quoted: "The sculptures that exist are entirely Brahmanical with two exceptions.

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